School of Medicine Scholarships

The School of Medicine offers a variety of scholarships to both new and current students.

Scholarships for Incoming Students
Scholarships available for students in the first two years of the program are valued at $5,000 each semester and are renewable for each subsequent semester through the end of Year 2 so long as the student meets the renewal criteria. The total value of the scholarship is $25,000 across the first five semester, so long as renewal criteria is met at the end of each semester. These scholarships are awarded at the time of admission, prior to the student entering Year 1.

Scholarships offered by the School of Medicine to incoming students are awarded based on an evaluation of both merit and need. Because admission to the six-year combined degree program is competitive and merit is an essential component to the overall selection process, financial need is a greater factor in determining scholarship recipients.

Students interested in scholarships from the School of Medicine must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by February 1 of the year in which they apply to the program. If a student demonstrates need as determined by the FAFSA and is selected for admission to the UMKC School of Medicine BA/MD program, he/she will be automatically considered for scholarships. Students who do not complete a FAFSA or students who do not demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA will not be considered for scholarships.

Most scholarships are reserved for Missouri residents, with a smaller number of scholarships available to regional and out-of-state students.

For additional information about School of Medicine scholarships, please contact:

UMKC School of Medicine
Office of Admissions
M1-103
2411 Holmes Street
Kansas City, MO 64108-2792
816-235-1870, medicine@umkc.edu

Students may be eligible for additional scholarship aid offered by organizations external to UMKC and the School of Medicine. Community organizations, high school organizations, employers, corporations, and other scholarship sources provide scholarship opportunities for students. Students are encouraged to apply for such scholarships in order to decrease the overall cost of medical school.

Scholarships available for awarding to incoming Year 1 medical students
  • Cena Accurso Matching Scholarship
  • Grace Hoelzel Albano, M.D. Matching Scholarship:  Recipient must have significant financial need and be a Missouri resident.
  • Ida Bamberger Memorial Matching Scholarship:  Recipient must demonstrate financial need and the potential for research productivity.
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City/Herman and Dorothy Johnson Memorial Scholarship:  Recipient must have significant financial need and be a Missouri resident.  Preference shall be given to a recipient from a group that is underrepresented in the medical profession.
  • Bradley Bradshaw, M.D., J.D. Matching Scholarship:  Recipient must have significant financial need and be a Missouri resident.
  • Bryan Ross Bolden Scholarship:  Recipient must be a first-year student, and awarding should be based on academic achievement and financial need.
  • Class of 1979 Matching Scholarship:  Recipient must be a Missouri resident and demonstrate financial need.
  • Class of 1980, 1985, 1986, and 1991 Scholarships
  • Victor E. Dominguez, M.D. Scholarship:  Recipient must demonstrate academic excellence and financial need.  Preference shall be given to students from Southwest Missouri.
  • Russell and Fannie Flake Scholarship
  • Founders Scholarship:  Recipients must be School of Medicine students in Years 1 and/or 2.  Scholarship funds must be distributed evenly between two students in the first or second year of medical school, and recipient must demonstrate academic achievement and financial need.  Preference shall be given to underrepresented minority students.
  • Founding Classes Scholarship:  Recipient must demonstrate financial need and qualify in the high need category as determined by the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
  • Edward and Victoria Harris Scholarship:  Recipient must have significant financial need and be a Missouri resident.  Preference shall be given to a recipient from a group that is underrepresented in the medical profession.
  • UMKC School of Medicine Alumni Scholarship:  Recipient must demonstrate academic achievement and financial need.
  • UMKC School of Medicine Alumni Matching Scholarship:  Recipient must demonstrate financial need.
  • Gurpreet S. Padda, M.D. Scholarship:  Recipient must demonstrate academic excellence, significant financial need, and be a Missouri resident.
  • Drs. Beaty and Deloras Pemberton Matching Scholarship:  Recipient must be  African American, Native American or Hispanic and must be a Missouri resident.
  • Drs. Beaty and Deloras Pemberton Scholarship:  Recipient must have significant financial need and be a Missouri resident.  Preference shall be given to a recipient from a group that is underrepresented in the medical profession.
  • Roche Laboratories/Charles Wilkinson Scholarship:  Recipient must demonstrate academic achievement and financial need.  Preference shall be given to a recipient from a group that is underrepresented in the medical profession.
  • Rosenthal Family Scholarship:  Recipient must demonstrate financial need and be a Missouri resident.
  • School of Medicine General Scholarship Fund
  • Dr. and Mrs. Bharat Shah Academic Scholarship:  Recipient must demonstrate academic achievement and financial need.
  • Dr. and Mrs. Bharat Shah Matching Scholarship:  Recipient must demonstrate financial need and be a Missouri resident.
  • Clara Shumway Scholarship:  Recipient must demonstrate financial need.
  • St. Louis Friends Scholarship:  Recipient must demonstrate academic achievement and financial need, and must be from the Greater St. Louis area.
  • Michael L. Weaver, M.D. Scholarship:  Recipient must have significant financial need and be a Missouri resident.  Preference shall be given to a recipient from a group that is underrepresented in the medical profession.
  • Western Missouri Friends Scholarship:  Recipient must be from the geographic area defining the Western Missouri Friends organization.
  • Stephen Wiles, M.D. Matching Scholarship:  Recipient must demonstrate significant financial need and be a Missouri resident.
Scholarships for Students in Years 3-6
Students in Years 3-6 of the program must apply for School of Medicine scholarships.  Scholarships that require the consideration of financial need will require the completion of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by the student.  Students in Years 3-6 are also made aware through the Student Affairs weekly announcements of scholarships offered by external organizations, and students are encouraged to apply for those scholarships.

  • The B.A./M.D. Scholarship Application closed Friday, March 8, 2019 – Midnight
Senior Awards
A number of awards have been designated for graduating students.  Students in Year 6 who will be graduating do not need to apply for these awards, as all graduating students who meet the qualifications will be considered by the Senior Awards Committee or the appropriate academic department.

  • Laura L. Backus, M.D. Memorial Award for Excellence in Pediatrics:  Recipient will be a  graduating senior who will enter a residency program in pediatrics and demonstrates commitment to excellence in patient care.
  • Thomas R. Hamilton, M.D. and Bette W. Hamilton Memorial Awards for Excellence Endowment:  Recipients will demonstrate excellence in Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology.
  • Lee Langley Award for Academic Excellence:  Recipient will have the highest academic record based on GPA , scores on Part I and II of the National Boards, membership in AOA, and clinical evaluations, with additional consideration given for athletic ability.
  • UMKC School of Medicine Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Medical Education
  • St. Louis Friends of UMKC School of Medicine Award for Research
  • St. Louis Friends of UMKC School of Medicine Basic Science Award
  • Western Missouri Friends of UMKC Harry S. Jonas, M.D. Award
  • MKC School of Medicine Alumni Award Association Outstanding Senior Partner:  Students must be nominated by peers in the School of Medicine.
Allied Health Scholarship
Allied Health students are eligible to apply for School of Medicine Scholarships. These are $5,000 scholarships and are based on a combination of factors such as financial need, debt level and merit. The link for the application is sent out each spring and the scholarship is applied that next fall.

  • The application closed Friday, March 8, 2019 – Midnight
Amit J. Patel, M.D. - Extra Mile Scholarship

University of Missouri Kansas City announces the Amit J. Patel, MD Extra Mile Scholarship.  Please use this application to apply. This scholarship consists of one award of $5,000 to be applied to the upcoming academic year.  Eligibility for this award consist of a combined cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, students must be years 3-5 to apply, and must have completed at least 10 volunteer hours since the beginning of the fall semester with proof of at least two different activities signed by volunteer supervisor. These hours must be philanthropic in nature and done voluntarily.

  • The application closed Sunday, March 31, 2019 – Midnight
Edward Baumhardt Scholarship

University of Missouri Kansas City announces the Edward Baumhardt Scholarship. Please use this application to apply. This scholarship consists of one award of $2,000 to be applied to the upcoming academic year. Eligibility for this award consist of a combined cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, students must be years 2-5 to apply.

In addition to this application, you will need to submit a 2-4 page paper discussing the topic of Schizophrenia or another related topic.

  • The application closed Friday, March 8, 2019 – Midnight

Financial Literacy

When it comes to Financial Literacy, knowledge is power. Here at UMKC School of Medicine we want to connect you with the best financial literacy and student loan repayment information available, and help educate and empower you to understand financial literacy and your student loan repayment process.

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has developed a comprehensive Financial Literacy Program known as FIRST. FIRST is designed to help members of the academic medicine community navigate the complexities of student debt. AAMC FIRST also helps medical school borrowers expand their financial literacy, make smart decisions about student loans and manage their student debt wisely.

The AAMC also provides a great 40 minute narrated presentation called The Economics of Becoming a Doctor . This presentation covers the most common repayment strategies during residency and the lifetime economic benefits of earning an MD Degree. The presentation also covers a realistic sample budget of an average physician salary and where your student loans fit into that budget. The presentation contains some of the most valuable information regarding student loan repayment and residency; it’s definitely worth watching in it’s entirety.

Below you will find a list of common Financial Literacy topics and many of the questions associated with those topics. We hope the information will clarify most of your questions and confusion.

To access all the information please take a moment and visit the AAMC FIRST website and click “SIGN IN” at the top right hand corner, create a username and password to ensure that you are able to connect to all the information.

Robin Totzke
Financial Literacy Counselor
totzker@umkc.edu
816-235-1807

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Financial Aid FAQs
How do I apply for Financial Aid?

Submitting the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the first step in applying for financial aid. You can submit your application to multiple schools, just be sure to include University of Missouri-Kansas City school code: 002518, Apply by February 1 to meet School of Medicine Scholarship deadline.

When will my financial aid award package be available?

As we continue to make offers to students placed on the alternate list, financial aid award packages are processed as soon as possible. When ready, you will receive a letter that details your aid and you will also be able to view your aid on Pathway.

What is the process for accepting or declining my financial aid?

Your financial aid letter will detail the instructions that you will need to follow in order to go into your Pathway account and accept your aid.

When must I make the determination to accept or decline my financial aid at the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine?

You must accept or decline your aid by early September.

What if I am deciding between attending University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine & another institution? How will this affect my acceptance of financial aid?

It would be important to accept aid at the schools that you are interested in. Once you have made your final decision on the school that you will attend, contact the schools that you did not choose, and cancel your aid.

How do I apply for School of Medicine Scholarships?

Make sure to file your FAFSA by February 1. If you have been awarded a School of Medicine scholarship, you will be notified in your letter of acceptance. A list of other competitive scholarships that are external to the UMKC School of Medicine can be found here

Will I ever be able to gain in state residency status if I am currently an out of state or regional student?

A student does not lose or gain in state residency status by attending college. In determining residency status, an adult student must be at least 21 years old and no longer dependent on anyone else in another state. Minor student’s residency status is determined by that of his/her legal guardian. An adult student must live in the state of Missouri for at least 12 consecutive months prior to petitioning for residency, and must show proof of intent to make Missouri a permanent home for an indefinite period. Please direct additional questions regarding Missouri Residency to Noelle Seufert at 816-235-5215 or seufertn@umkc.edu